We enlisted the help of some of our favorite moms — our POPSUGAR editors — to reveal what they're hoping for this Mother's Day. Summer getaways seem to be on the brain for many of us, with weekend bags and cover-ups making our lists, but the perennial favorites of rest and relaxation (and, of course, jewelry) are also high on all of our wish lists. Keep clicking to see what our editors really want this Mother's Day — and to check out some pics of our impossibly cute kids (if we do say so ourselves!).
A modest budget doesn't mean you can't give the special mom(s) in your life something truly memorable this Mother's Day. To prove our point, we culled the most irresistible gift ideas — all under $50 — ranging from Gap's chic leather ballet flats to Diane von Furstenberg's stylish tech. Further proof is in the perfect Summer striped tee from Madewell and a splurge-worthy shampoo from Aesop. But there's much more where that came from. Nab all of our must-have finds below.
With just under two weeks until Mother's Day, it's time to hit the virtual online stores — stat. With a budget of $100 or less, treat the incredible mom in your life with classic essentials, with a twist. We're talking about pretty J.Crew blouses, sleek accessories from Tory Burch, and the perfect blue coin (or card) case from Tiffany & Co. that's sure to please the mom (OK, everyone) on your shopping list. Shop all of that, plus lots more right below.
Emily Kane once confronted the same issue many mamas face when they return to work after the birth of a child. Though she was pumping, she was frustrated that she couldn't seem to keep up her milk supply. The Seattle-based mom had heard old wives' tales about lactation cookies helping with milk production, so she put on her apron and got to work creating a recipe that not only increased her milk supply, but tasted great too. Six years later, Emily's recipe is helping moms across the nation continue to breastfeed their babies while keeping them well-nourished at the same time (the cookies are more than simply tasty — they're also healthy) with her Milkmakers lactation cookies that are sold online and in retail stores.
The mom of three is used to thinking about her kids and clients, but for the holiday season, we asked her to think about herself for a moment and tell us what she'd like to find under the tree. "I can't remember the last time I made an official Christmas wish list for myself," she said. "[It's] pretty fun!" Keep reading to see what Emily picked!
Fill 'em up! Sometimes finding the bigger gifts is the easiest part of holiday shopping — it's the little things that take the most effort! We've got you covered this year with pint-sized presents that fit perfectly into lil ones' stockings and have them oohing and aahing as they pull them out!
Black Friday may be behind us, but if you still need help weeding through your holiday shopping list, we're here to help. We've rolled out our annual gift guide series, as well as some juicy shopping posts to help you snap up everything on your list — and we're rounding up all of our coverage in one place for you to check out now. Click below to see each story, then get ready to get shopping!
Nine-year-olds are quite the mature bunch! Gifts that let them try to exert their independence are a great bet for this age group.
The Logo Game ($19) is a must have for kids who pay attention to the ads on TV and the products in the grocery store! Fans of Dancing With the Stars or just those who like to dance in their rooms will love playing Just Dance 3 ($30). Consider Life of George ($30) Legos for the modern age. Kids build based on images they see and must snap a photo with an iPhone to see just how accurately they created it. Proving you're never too old to play with remote control cars, Air Hogs Hyperactives ($40) are made for adventurous kids. They may not be old enough for a cell phone yet, but kids will love having their music and games all in one place, and the iPod Touch ($190) does all of that!
The third-grader on your list is sure to have hobbies of her own, but that doesn't mean she isn't open to learning something new. From group games to individual activities, these gift ideas are sure to please when it comes time to opening presents!
Mom and dad spent plenty of afternoons playing Simon, and now their kiddo can get in on the fun — in a modern way, of course! Simon Flash ($20) is all of the fun of the original and more. Disney fans will fall in love with Disney Spotlight Digital Wireless Mic + Karaoke App ($100), a wireless microphone that interacts with the iPad to transform it into the ultimate karaoke machine — it even allows mama to video her tots singing away! Hexbugs are back and scarier than ever! The new Hexbug Larva ($15) will slither their way through your home. The newly updated Easy Bake Oven ($40) may not include a lightbulb for heating food anymore (it now uses a heating element), but it still turns out fun treats! A Razor eSpark Electric Scooter ($160) will get kids across the neighborhood and around town at speeds up to 10 miles an hour!
Who says fun can't be educational? Second graders love playing games, and today's games are both mind-stimulating and exciting. From music-inspired toys to those that keep feet and brains moving, these gifts will keep tots coming back for more every day.
Hello Kitty's loyal following includes a new generation of youngsters. This Hello Kitty Digital MP3 Player ($40) will have them listening to their favorite tunes in style. There's no shortage of autotune with the T-Pain Microphone ($37), which makes every budding rapper sound like gold. Hand-eye coordination is put to the test with Bop It! XT ($18), one of the hottest games of the holiday season. The whole family will love testing their Disney knowledge with Disney Kids Hedbanz Board ($16) — a quick game of questions and answers. Explore the power of the brain with Mattel's Mindflex Duel Game ($90), which pits one contestant's brain against another as they try to move an object from one side to the other.
From television appearances to magazine columns and how-to lifestyle lectures, Danny Seo's creativity and work focuses on modern, eco ides for the home. With seven books under his belt, Danny is full of great ideas for decorating and DIYing, so I was curious to see what was on his holiday wish list this year.
Top Gifts to Give and Receive: "I'm a designed/decorator, so I am really really cautious what comes in my house. If anything I love to give and receive gift cards; if I had a choice, I'd ask for all of my gift cards to be from HomeGoods so I can stock up on some new bed pillows and bamboo cutting boards. But if I had to give a gift, I definitely think this creamer/sugar set from The Product Gallery fits the bill ($273, above, bottom right).
My other go-to gift is from LeLabo fragrances . . . the Santal 26 Candle ($70, above, top right) is the closest to the custom woodsy/musky candle they make for the Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC. I love this candle. I am not usually a fragrance freak when it comes to candles, but burning of these scented gems transforms any space instantly. You have to experience it . . . I do not know one person who has received this candle from me who doesn't become obsessed."
Fans of eco giving should also check out Danny Seo's line of bath and bedding products. I especially adore the kids' towels!